Suspecting that people pay for a site out of their own pockets because they actually want to run a site, doesn't necesarrily strike me as unusual. In fact, I know people who do it, and I have done it myself. Yes, after a certain period income certainly does get tight, so ads are an obvious solution. Considering that the members really make a site what they are, meaning sites are completely pointless if they have no populace, why not consider them in high regards?
I apologize if I somehow offended you, but as I said, I just felt like posting, even if it was a mistake to do so. Still, paying money to move a single ad, now doesn't that seem to appear a bit unrealistic? Some may be annoyed, but seirously, who would pay money to do so? Have donations if you are in that much need. I would certianly drop 20 dollars ot pitch in if I knew the site was going to go now, and you can quote me on that later.
If you want to make an accusation about my character, why don't you put me in the position to do so? would you think of me better if I dropped 20 in the jar, simply to make a point and help out with that insignificant contribution as you put it?